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Deferred action and eligibility requirements

On Behalf of | Apr 9, 2024 | Immigration |

As an immigrant, you might fear that you will lose your status or face deportation because you lack status. Because the United States has been the only home you know or the only country you have current connection with, the idea of being forced to leave without the ability to return is terrifying and emotional.

Whether you are familiar with deferred action or are just learning about it, this is something that could provide you with the peace of mind and the opportunity to enter the path to permanent residency or citizenship.

Understanding deferred action

At Cynthia I. Waisman, P.A., our law firm understands that immigration matters can feel overwhelming and complicated, especially for those unfamiliar with U.S. laws. That is why our legal team takes the time to understand our client’s situation and wishes. With regards to deferred action, our law firm has years of experience guiding individuals successfully through this process, ensuring they understood every step of the process.

Deferred action is an immigration status granted to illegal immigrants. In other words, it provides lawful presence in the United States but not a legal immigration status or benefits beyond indefinitely delaying deportation. Once granted, it defers any removal proceeding for two years. Once the two years are up, the individual can apply for a renewal.


When they hear the term “deferred action,” many people think of DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. While this is a common usage, this is not the only type of deferred action. Some other immigrants may be eligible.

While meeting eligibility requirements does not guarantee relief, it does ensure you are able to apply for consideration. Because this and other immigration processes can get complex, it is important to understand the process and how best to move forward with it. A legal professional can help ensure you understand your rights and help you with any questions you might have.